Françoise Hardy, French Pop Icon, Dies at 80

Françoise Hardy, the icon of French pop who rose to fame in the 1960s yé-yé scene before branching further afield, has died after a long battle with illness, BBC News reports. “Maman est partie” (meaning, in English, “mum is gone”) her son, Thomas Dutronc, wrote on Instagram. Hardy was 80 years old.

Born in 1944, Françoise Hardy grew up in a Parisian flat with her mother and sister, falling in love with pop songs on the radio. After receiving a guitar for her 16th birthday and auditioning with Vogue Records at 18, she released her first record—self-titled but now known as Tous les garcons et les filles—in 1962. The success of the title track, about a melancholy walk surrounded by happy couples, swept her into the burgeoning yé-yé scene, within which she was both a star and, in her wariness of fame and determination to write her own songs, a maverick outlier.

Source : Pitchfork